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  U.S. Senate Sen. Mc Connell Reacts to State of the Union Address  CSPAN  February 6, 2019 8:42pm-8:49pm EST

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acting attorney general since november when he replaced the outgoing attorney general jeff sessions. on friday, he will testify before the house judiciary committee on his role overseeing special counsel robert mueller's investigation, his first appearance before the committee. watch live friday at 9:30 a.m. eastern on c-span two, c-span.org, or life with the free c-span radio app. -- live with the free c-span radio app. >> following president trump's state of the union, reaction from lawmakers on capitol hill. next, we hear from senate leaders speaking on the senate floor. be placed on the calendar. mr. mcconnell: well, last night the president shared a hopeful vision of a bright future for our country. in part he reminded us that the future is the bright because of the big steps we have taken together in the past two years to move the nation forward. steps like historic tax reform that has helped middle-class families across america keep
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more of what they earn. the regulatory reforms that have am ped up our economy and fueled job creation. the landmark legislation we passed to combat the opioid epidemic, the long-needed investment our armed forces have given -- the tools and training they need to keep us safe. some of these accomplishments were delivered by republicans alone, but the lion's share were bicameral and bipartisan. they combined the ideas and priorities of both sides of the aisle in both chambers of congress. so even though i know our democrat colleagues want to reflect anything that president trump says or does, i hope they took some pride in the strong state of our union which the president described. this great country belongs to all of us and it's going to take all of us to keep moving
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forward. as the president put it, cooperation, compromise, and the common good. last night the president highlighted in particular the national challenges he sees as most urgent and as top priorities for his administration this year. tackling them will require the same bipartisan spirit here in congress. he restated the administration's commitment to addressing the humanitarian and humanitarian crisis at our nation's southern border, for fighting on behalf of america's workers and job creators, to recreating america's infrastructure, to help simplify families' budgets by lowering the cost of prescription drugs. the american people deserve the full attention of a fully functioning congress. they deserve a democratic party that puts the public interest ahead of political spite and comes to the table to negotiate
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necessary compromises. well, it won't be long before we'll see if this institution can rise to the occasion. the next deadline for appropriations will arrive in a little over a week. and members of both chambers will need to prove we can move past making points and actually start making a difference. throughout the coming year, if we're serious about advancing meaningful policy, this basic requirement will remain the same. good-faith effort between a democratic-controlled house and republican-controlled senate and the trump administration. the president mentioned the ongoing obstruction of his nominations to the executive branch and the federal courts. he was absolutely right about that. to an historic degree, senate democrats have slow walked well-qualified nominees, gu ming
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up committee considerations, and burning up weeks of valuable time here on the floor. as i said time and time again, this mindless obstruction -- mindless obstruction is it unacceptable. so i was encouraged that the president took an opportunity last night to highlight for the nation exactly what we're up against in this regard. we're into the third year of his president -- the third year. the american people deserve a fully functioning and fully staffed federal government after three years. and it's time for their elected representatives to be part of the solution. i know several of our colleagues are discussing ways to help the senate better fulfill its duty in this area. i hope there can be cooperation from the other side of the aisle to identify in advance a durable and fair solution. so, mr. president, president trump offered a clear picture of the ways in which our policies are delivering significant
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results for families across america and the urgent challenges that we need to confront together. he offered us a powerful reminder that america's strength and goodness are inextricably linked with our commitment to liberty and free enterprise and we can never allow the united states of america to dim our light by sliding into the failures -- failures of socialism. socialism has failed everywhere it's been tried and we're not going to try it in this country. we need to do, right now, what we need to move forward together. the brief democratic response showed us one potential way forward. our colleagues across the aisle could simply deny the facts in front of us about the progress that has taken place, progress in which middle-class families all across america can tangibly
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feel and forget the cliches to divide our nation. the president offered a chance to walk together, unified, along a higher road. both the tone and the substance of his speech would strike any fair observer as reasonable and thoroughly bipartisan. once again, the only way this divided congress will be able to choose greatness and deliver significant legislation for the american people is by focusing on, as president trump put it, cooperation, compromise, and the common good. that will need to be our motto moving forward. the nation we love deserves no less, and the american people will be watching us. the presiding officer: we are. mr. schumer: i ask unanimous consent the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. schumer: last night, president trump had the opportunity to bring our parties together and offer the congress and the country a new vision for the next two years of divided